Best Team for the Retro Cup in Pokemon Go (June 2022)

The Retro Cup returns to the Pokemon Go Battle League! With a unique set of rules and restrictions, our best team recommendations will help you secure victory.

In addition to the traditional Great League, Ultra League, and Master League, the Pokemon Go Battle League regularly features themed cups with unusual rules and restrictions to give trainers a new challenge.

The latest to arrive in Season 11 of the Go Battle League is the Retro Cup, which only allows typing from first-generation games. This means that no Dark, Steel, or Fairy-type Pokemon are allowed to enter.

If you’re struggling to find the best team to do battle, we’ve listed seven of the best Pokemon for the Retro Cup below, as well as their optimal movesets.


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Best Team for the Retro Cup in Pokemon Go

One of the best teams to use for the Retro Cup in Pokemon Go is Lickitung, Trevenant and Walreinas these are three of the strongest eligible competitors covering a wide range of types.

Of course it’s hard to say what the ‘ultimate’ team looks like, as it really depends on your opponents. For example, Lickitung beats most Pokemon in the Retro Cup, but almost always loses to Machamp.

That said, there are several Pokemon that rise to the top of the ranks with the ability to perform well in most scenarios, which you can see below. In fact, most don’t need XL Candy.

Best Pokemon for the Retro Cup in Pokemon Go

Lick (XL)

Lickitung in the Pokemon Go Love Cup

  • Fast movement: To lick
  • Charged displacement: Body Slam and Power Whip
  • resistors: Spirit
  • Weak points: to fight

Lickitung is the man to beat in the Retro Cup. You’ll need XL Candy and a Legacy Move (or an Elite Charged TM) to make it viable, but it’s well worth it, with significant wins against most of the major players here.

As we mentioned, you need access to the Charged Move Body Slam for Lickitung to work. Combine that with Lick as the optimal Fast Move and Power Whip as the secondary Charged Move for extra coverage.


Walrain appears in Pokemon Go Ultra League Premier Classic

  • Fast movement: powder snow
  • Charged moves: Icicle Spear and Earthquake
  • resistors: Fighting, water, electricity, fairies and grass
  • Weak points: Fire, fly, ice and psychic

Since receiving a Community Day-exclusive Fast Move and Charged Move, Walrein has risen to the top of the rankings in numerous leagues and cups in the Go Battle League, including the Retro Cup.

You’ll need those exclusive moves to make it viable though, so make sure you have Powder Snow as the Fast Move and Icicle Spear as the Charged Move, with Earthquake as a powerful secondary attack.


Trevenant in Pokemon Go

  • Fast movement: shadowclaw
  • Charged moves: Seed bomb and shadow ball
  • resistors: Electric, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Normal and Water
  • Weak points: Dark, fire, flying, ghost, ice

Trevenant really shook up the Pokemon Go Battle League meta when it arrived in the 2021 Halloween event, so it’s no surprise that it looks like it’s one of the best Pokemon to use here in the Retro Cup.

Shadow Claw is one of the best Fast Moves in the game, so you’ll want to take advantage of that. When it comes to Charged Moves, go with Seed Bomb for ace shields and Shadow Ball as a powerful finisher.



  • Quick move: dragon breath
  • Moves charged: Sky Attack and Dragon Pulse
  • resistors: Insect, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground and Water
  • Weak points: Dragon, Fairy, Ice and Rock

Altaria is probably the hardest Pokemon to acquire on our list purely because it costs a ridiculous 400 Candy to evolve from Swablu, but if you have one below the 1,500 CP limit, it’s a huge contender.

Dragon Breath is a brilliant Fast Move, so make sure you have it in Altaria’s moveset. As for Charged Moves, you’ll want Sky Attack for quick hits and Dragon Pulse for devastating STAB damage.


Cresselia in Sinnoh Cup from Pokemon Go

  • Quick move: Psycho Cut
  • Moves charged: Grass Knot and Moonblasdt
  • resistors: Fighting and Psychic
  • Weak points: Bug, Dark and Ghost

One of the few Legendaries that can realistically compete in the Retro Cup is the Psychic-type Cresselia, who has the ability to take out almost all Fighting-types, as well as Walrein, Mew, and Deoxys.

Psycho Cut is the best Fast Move available to Cresselia and gives faster access to his Charged Moves – the cheap Legacy Move Grass Knot for spamming and Moonblast for dealing massive STAB damage.

Medicham (XL)

Medicham in the Pokemon Go retro Cup

  • Fast movement: Counter
  • Charged displacement: Ice blast and psychic
  • resistors: Fighting and Rocking
  • Weak points: Fairy, Flies and Ghost

Medicham is another Pokemon that needs XL Candy to be viable in the Retro Cup, but it’s worth the time and resources as it’s viable in plenty of other leagues like the Great League and the Love Cup.

Counter is one of the best Fast Moves in Pokemon Go, with STAB damage and good energy generation. Combine this with the Charged Moves Ice Punch and Psychic, and you have great cover options.


Regirock in Pokemon Go

  • Fast movement: Lock up
  • Charged displacement: Stone Edge and Focus Blast
  • Strengths: Fire, fly, normal and poison
  • Weak points: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel and Water

The second Legendary on this list is the Hoenn titan Regirock. With Registeel banned from the Retro Cup, Regirock fills a similar role by taking out the likes of Froslass, Abomasnow, and Altaria.

Lock On is an excellent Fast Move, so make sure it’s in your move set. Then go for Charged Moves with Stone Edge for massive power and low cost, with Focus Blast as a devastating secondary attack.

Pokemon Go Retro Cup Rules and Restrictions Explained

The main rule of the Retro Cup is that only the old-school types are allowed to participate, which means: Dark, Fairy and Steel-type Pokemon are not allowed in

That’s not the only limitation either, as any Pokemon you want on your team should be below the max. 1,500 CP limit

Pokemon Go Retro Cup start and end date

The Retro Cup starts in the Pokemon Go Battle League on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 1:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST / 9:00 PM BST and run to Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 1:00 PM PT

It will appear alongside the Great League, and we have a best team guide for this.

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